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Lorenzo Traylor was the 11th NASW President. He had been committed to the social welfare field for 20 years.
He earned a Master's Degree in Vocational Guidance and Occupational Adjustment from Columbia University as well as a MSW from the University of Denver. In 19521-1956, a time when the civil rights movement was still in its infancy and fair hiring practices for non-whites were practically non-existent, he worked as Industrial Relations Director for the Urban League of Denver. He was responsible for developing job opportunities for minority groups in Denver. Between 1956-1959 he served as a consultant to the Los Angeles County Community Coordinating Council, a program involving organizations in the prevention of delinquency From 1963-1966 he was the director of the Los Angeles Welfare Planning Council, South Central Area. From 1963-1966 he was director of program management with the Economic and Youth Opportunity Agency in Los Angeles where he wrote and directed the first youth training program to be funded by the Labor Department. He also helped to implement the Youth Opportunities Board Program organized under President Kennedy's Committee of Juvenile and Youth Crime.
At the time of his election as NASW President he was Director of the Los Angeles District Office of the U. S. Equal Employment Office Opportunity Commission.
Traylor has assumed leadership roles in other capacities, including the presidency of the Pasadena Branch of the NAACP. He has been one of NASW's most active, responsible members throughout the years, holding association offices at the national, state and local levels: